Shaping the Future of Open RAN
Date / Time: Monday, February 21, 2022, 3:00 p.m. Los Angeles / 22nd February 2022 10:00 a.m. AEDT
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As the world steps into the Network of the future, we are going to witness the circulation of massive data streams, implementation of unprecedented IOT use-cases and highly immersive AR/ VR experiences. Virtual & Open RAN is a solution that transforms the access network from a proprietary hardware-based network to a software-defined network, making it more flexible, agile, and cost-effective while eliminating vendor lock-ins.

During this webinar, challenges will be addressed and apart from main stage conversations, the panel will seek to highlight perspectives on Next Gen RAN - Open, Flexible & Scalable on the below sub-topics:

  • Current Challenges: Virtualized, Automated & Programmable RAN
  • TPG Telecom’s journey in 2021 in rolling out innovative 5G network at scale
  • Open RAN ecosystem: starting at the silicon level and orchestrating end to end supply chain
  • Scalability: Roadmap for Open RAN in large scale commercial deployments, at scale & with high density
  • Managing Security Standards, and Interoperability specification & Testing
  • Network Economics: Diverse deployment models for CapEx and OpEx optimization

Manish Mangal, Global business Head - Network Services, Tech Mahindra | bio Gabriel Brown, Senior Principal Analyst – Mobile Networks & 5G, Heavy Reading | bio
Yago Lopez Sanchez, General Manager Wireless & Transmission Networks, TPG Telecom | bio Adnan Boustany, Director - Wireless Access Business Unit, Intel | bio

Manish is and accomplished telecom industry veteran with 20 years of professional experience. Held various leadership roles in Fortune 100 companies leading technology initiatives from incubation to operationalization that transformed businesses and increased enterprise value. Manish is an expert in leading large and global teams, developing end to end technology solutions, and creating / managing strategic partnerships that directly improve enterprise value.

He is skilled in analyzing industry trends, assessing threats & opportunities and developing fact-based actionable plans targeted towards business owners and CEOs to increase enterprise value and fulfill company's business missions.

Manish is an inventor of 60 patents issued by the US patent office.

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Gabriel leads mobile network research for Heavy Reading. Starting from a system architecture perspective, his coverage area includes RAN, core, and service-layer platforms. Key research topics include 5G, LTE Advanced, virtual RAN, software-based mobile core, and the application of cloud technologies to mobile networking. Gabriel has more than 15 years’ experience as a mobile network analyst. Prior to joining Heavy Reading, he was Chief Analyst for Light Reading’s Insider research service; before that, he was editor of IP Wireline and Wireless Week at London's Euromoney Institutional Investor.

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With +15 years’ experience in Mobile Networks across multiple technical and commercial leadership roles globally, As General Manager Wireless & Transmission Networks at TPG Telecom, Yago Lopez is currently leading Australia’s most innovative 5G network roll-out & a complex post-merger network transformation, As part of the Smarter Network proposition that TPG is bringing to the market, TPG is using technology innovation to make a difference on customer experience as certified by the recent outstanding results on the 2 independent CEX benchmarks Open Signal and Tutela and the most recent nomination to the 2022 Global GSMA awards as "Best Mobile Operator Service for the Connected Customer", Some examples of this leading edge innovation are the world record of longest distance 5G Call, introduction of V-RAN in Australia, the achievement of over 85% 5G population coverage in ten of the most populated cities through 700Mhz SA Deployment or the roll out revolution led by factory assembly and testing 5G sectors.

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Adnan Boustany is a Director in the Wireless Access Business Unit, at Intel. He has over 20 years of Industry experience in Wired and Wireless communications. Adnan joined Intel in Feb’2014 as part of Mindspeed Acquisition.

At Intel, Adnan is focused on FlexRAN, the enabling technology for openRAN, and works closely with customers to enable adoption, deployment and scale of vRAN/openRAN based solutions.

Prior to Intel, Adnan started his carrier on Product design for Wi-Fi based products, then shifted to leading Applications team for WiMAX Solutions, then shifted to Product Marketing and Management of RAN based infrastructure for Macro and Small Cell solutions.

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Jean Macher is Business Development Director of SaaS Solutions for Harmonic where he drives the marketing effort for next-generation video solutions in the Americas. Macher joined Harmonic as part of the acquisition of Thomson Video Networks, bringing with him more than 20 years of experience in MPEG-related solutions and digital television implementation. Macher holds a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from the Institut Supérieur d'Électronique in Paris.

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Over 15 years of experience in the telecoms industry spanning portfolio strategy, marketing, product management and business development roles.

Currently Emerging Technology Director at Colt, responsible for portfolio strategy, marketing and sales enablement of digital transformation solutions for both service providers and city authorities.

In charge of bringing into the market end to end cross partners propositions that enable the delivery and monetization of Telco cloud solution, as well as the realization of the digital agenda of city authorities.

Broad and in depth technology expertise spanning SDN/NFV, NFVI, wireless technologies, AI and IoT/smart city platform recognized by the company through a series of “Best Achievements” awards for contributing in technology innovation/IPRs.

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